Track Cycling: Velodrome Racing and Training Area - Panasonic Track Bike ~ Any Insight?
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10-20-04, 05:23 PM
Hey! I recently bought an early 80's track bike I was told it was a Panasonic but it had no labels, decals, markings, ect. Under the bottom bracket it's stamped: 8F15653. Great lug work & nice black finish. It's from the early 80's with "Sunshine" hubs, 48 x 16 gear ratio. The cranks are "Tourney". Great old Brooks saddle too!
But how can I tell what kind of frame it is? Anyone have any insight?
Here's a pic: http://img91.exs.cx/img91/5463/bike4.jpg
GOOD BIKE! my first track bike, I have mine for 20 yrs now. Strong, good work horse to have it will last you a life time.
10-20-04, 09:09 PM
A Panasonic early 80's was my first track bike as well and was a pleasure to ride. I learned to ride on that bike. I believe the frame was Tange but thats all I can really remember.
You are correct. Tange tubing with double sided hubs(fix/free wheel) , chain tensioner, brakes front and rear , Araya rims, Nitto bar and stem(Pearl 10).
Hey oops forgot to tell you . it is the Panasonic Track 2000. The other models for the US was Track 4000 in red ( track racing ready) and PICS the custom Panasonic straight from the factory in japan.
10-25-04, 12:48 PM
The one I had was red and I don't remember that it had a hole in the front fork for a brake? It had Nitto bull horns. What a blast from the past, I wish I still had this ride. One thing I remember about it was that the headset would rock itself into center like there was some sort of notch in it. I also had a set of sew ups but after a while I strictlly used clinchers.
The Track 4000 did not have a brake at all, it was race ready. My head set did the same thing til I got Campy in 1987 Super Record group for it. It was the opposite for me Clincher the first year then tubulars the rest. Never again with clinchers..
http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/2004/e/louder.htm here is a pic.
You selling it! AHH. I could have gotten it.
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